This work includes partnerships with Sustainable Growers and national governments to train women producers in Rwanda, Congo, and Tanzania and bring high-quality coffee to the international market. Today, the coffee they produce is sold around the world. In partnership with CARE, Bloomberg Philanthropies is expanding efforts to increase farmers’ income and agricultural productivity by developing pooled savings and loans programs, enabling farmers in Rwanda, Congo, and Tanzania to access working capital and build their businesses. Bloomberg Philanthropies also supports Nest’s global work with women and their families who make goods by hand in their homes – including developing the first-ever Ethical Standard to ensure fair wages, safe working conditions, and other benefits for people producing goods from home. This work has expanded access to markets for more than 1,100 businesses representing 250,000 workers in over 120 countries.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, and the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. The Bloomberg Distinguished Professors program was also recently expanded from 50 to 100 endowed professorships, each with appointments in at least two schools across the university to increase cross-disciplinary collaboration and lead to new breakthroughs.
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins has also purchased and begun to transform the former Newseum building at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The iconic building will provide a new, high-visibility home for the university’s D.C.-based academic programs, anchored by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. It will also provide Baltimore-based students with greater access to experiences in the nation’s capital, fostering new collaboration opportunities.
First conceived as part of the World Trade Center Master Plan in 2003 and chaired by Mike Bloomberg, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC) is now under construction and scheduled to open in 2023. The Performing Arts Center will be a cultural anchor for Lower Manhattan – and a symbol of renewal as New York City rebuilds in the wake of a crisis yet again.
Clad in marble, the building will glow at night, reflecting the vitality of the performing arts. Inside, state-of-the-art spaces will house productions in theater, film, dance, music, and chamber opera. Designed to change layouts with innovative technology, these performance spaces will give artists new opportunities to create and engage with audiences from around the world. The Performing Arts Center will also serve as a prominent community space for Lower Manhattan’s residents, workers, and visitors.